LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Wayne Selden Jr. scored 18 points, Landen Lucas added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and second-ranked Kansas rolled to a 94-67 victory over Oklahoma State on Monday night.
Perry Ellis shrugged off a sluggish start to finish with 15 points, and Frank Mason III had 14 for the balanced Jayhawks (22-4, 10-3 Big 12), who avenged a surprising loss to the Cowboys last month.
Oklahoma State (12-13, 3-10) led much of the first half, fell behind by 18 early in the second, then trimmed their deficit to 62-56 with about 11 minutes to go. But the Jayhawks caught fire down the stretch, pulling away for a lopsided victory over coach Bill Self’s alma mater.
The Jayhawks finished the first half on a 30-9 run. They finished the second on a 32-11 run.
Jeff Newberry scored 19 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 13 for the Cowboys, who again played without leading scorer Jawun Evans. The freshman has been sidelined since hurting his right shoulder Feb. 3.
The Jayhawks looked as if they were still reveling in Saturday’s road win over No. 3 Oklahoma in the early minutes, struggling through turnovers and a jumble of poor shots to dig a deep hole.
Oklahoma State made it seem even bigger by sticking to coach Travis Ford’s game plan of slowing down the game. Whenever the Cowboys pulled down a rebound, Ford would stomp on the floor and remind his team to maintain the kind of plodding pace that equals the playing field against a more talented opponent.
Eventually, all that talent on the Kansas bench took over.
With the Cowboys leading 25-17, Selden drove along the baseline and rose up for a dunk between two defenders. The play instantaneously energized the crowd in Allen Fieldhouse, and when Anthony Allen’s turnover led to a runout and 3-pointer by Devonte Graham – off a nifty feed from freshman forward Carlton Bragg – the Cowboys were quick to burn a timeout.
It did little good as the Jayhawks pulled ahead a few minutes later on Selden’s 3-pointer, and then finished the half with Brannen Green’s buzzer-beating 3 for a 47-34 advantage.
The lead swelled to 18 points early in the second before Oklahoma State went on a run of its own, trimming its deficit to 61-54 at the under-12 timeout. But the Jayhawks answered with a coldly efficient 10-0 to regain control, and they waltzed the rest of the way to their sixth straight win.
Oklahoma State: Tavarius Shine had 11 points. … The Cowboys were outrebounded 45-27 and outscored 17-3 on second-chance points. … Evans had 22 points in the Cowboys’ win over Kansas last month.
Kansas: Greene finished with 11 points. Graham had 10. … The Jayhawks were 11 of 21 from beyond the arc. … Kansas has won 37 straight at Allen Fieldhouse.
Oklahoma State plays Texas Tech on Saturday night.
Kansas visits Kansas State on Saturday night.